Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jennifer Bradbury, Kevin Emerson, and Suzanne Selfors at Queen Anne Books this weekend!

Suzanne Selfors and Kevin Emerson will join Jennifer Bradbury this Sunday at Queen Anne Books as she launches her latest, Outside In!

3 authors! Trivia! Prizes! Treats!

Double-check times and whatnot with bookstores before you set out for events. If you snap a great picture, tag us at @scbwiwwa on Instagram (We're on Instagram now!) and/or Twitter, and we'll try to repost. If we missed something, or you have an event coming up, let us know!

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Support authors.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June Book Events

June 10:
Laura Clement is launching her picture book, Egg, at Couth Buzzard Books in Greenwood.

June 11:
Diana J. Noble launches her debut, Evangelina Takes Flight, at the Mill Creek UBS.

June 25:
The West Coast launch party for Laurie Thompson's Two Truths and a Lie will feature a trivia game-show like challenge with prizes, swag, snacks, and more. It's all happening at Secret Garden. Details here

June 28:
Richelle Mead will be reading and signing her latest YA, Midnight Jewel, at University Bookstore

Double-check times and whatnot with bookstores before you set out for events. If you snap a great picture, tag us at @scbwiwwa on Instagram and/or Twitter, and we'll do our best to repost. If we missed something, or you have an event coming up, let us know!

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Support independent bookstores and libraries.
Support authors.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Northern Network June Celebration

Northern Network June Celebration: Bring & Brag!
June 7, 2017, 7 p.m.

It’s been a fun year—and hopefully a productive one— so let’s get together to celebrate! Bring something you’ve been working on and we’ll cheer for you! Nothing you want to bring? Come anyway and help cheer for others! 

Please note: This will be our last meeting until September.
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Bellingham Barnes & Noble (4099 Meridian Street)
Questions? Call Rebecca Van Slyke at (360) 354-5797, or email at

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Picture Book Summer School

Are you ready to take the next step with your picture book manuscript? Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson are offering a self-guided summer school version of their online class "Revising and Re-Imagining Your Picture Book Manuscript,” running from June through August, with registration open now through the end of June. Students can work their way through any or all of several classes, and also take part in an optional speed critique group.


Critique option information

There is also a giveaway drawing, with the prize being a complete scholarship to this or one of our upcoming classes. People can enter by posting about the class. Full details here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kid Lit Drink Night this Thursday (5/25)!

It's an excuse to hang out with authors and illustrators! 
Meet us at the Roanoke Inn on Mercer Island (1825 72nd Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040)  this Thursday for book talk, beverages and merriment.
Will you have fun? The odds are good (and the goods are odd.).

And someone send us pictures so we can post them on Instagram.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Kevin Emerson, Suzanne Selfors, and Garth Stein in Bellingham!

Heads up, northern book lovers! Join Kevin Emerson, Garth Stein, and Suzanne Selfors to celebrate their new releases.
Three authors, lots of books, and good fun. All at Village Books on Thursday.

First Page Blitz webinar with Kat Brzozowski

The Houston SCBWI chapter is offering a first pages session with Macmillan editor Kat Brzozowski, and you won't even have to leave your couch!

Webinar: First Page Blitz with Editor Kat Brzozowski
June 20, 7pm to 8:30pm, Central time

Are you ready to improve the chances of your work getting read by an agent or editor? Ready to strengthen your craft? Learn from home with this online class about first pages from editor Kat Brzozowski at Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends. Get tips on creating eye-catching, page-turning first pages that launch your story, and tools to strengthen every page of your manuscript after that. Attendees who register before June 1 can submit the first page of their manuscript for the chance to get it reviewed live during the webinar. 

NOTE: Submission is not a guarantee that your page will be reviewed during the webinar
SCBWI members pay just $10; non-members pay $35. Registration details here

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Crystal Kite Award winners announced!

💠Congratulations to Janet Fox on her Crystal Kite Award for the Western division!💠

SCBWI members from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota voted, and the spooky and wonderful The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle took the prize.

We tip our hats to all of the nominees and finalists, with a hearty round of applause for the winners! It was a great year for books. Thanks to everyone for reading and voting. Need to add some height to your TBR pile? See the full list of division winners on the SCBWI site here.

Monday, May 15, 2017

More May events

The book event season is winding down for summer, but we have a few more for May! 

May 16:
It's not kids' or YA books directly, but a lot of us struggle with writing anxieties, yes? William Kenower talks about Fearless Writing at Third Place Books, LFP

May 18:
Here's one for the middle grade appreciators! Kate Beasley will be at Third Place Books, LFP to talk about Gertie's Leap to Greatness. 

May 19:
Drew Daywalt will be at Secret Garden Books to talk about his newest picture book, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. 

May 20:
Amber Keyser and Elana K. Arnold come to town to discuss their newest YAs, Pointe, Claw and What Girls are Made of. They'll be discussing feminism and the female body with Martha Brockenbrough at Secret Garden.

Double-check times and whatnot with bookstores before you set out for events. If you snap a great picture, tag us at @scbwiwwa on Instagram and/or Twitter, and we'll try to repost. 
If you have an event coming up, let us know!

Support book culture.
Support libraries and independent bookstores.
Support authors.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Heading to NCTE? Let us know!

SCBWI Western Washington authors and illustrators, heading to St. Louis for the NCTE Convention in November?

Please let our Co-PAL Liaison, Laurie Thompson, know. Email her at for possible SCBWI related activities.

And, because this post is short and you may not know much about St. Louis yet--

There's a giant eyeball in Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Also, the world's biggest pencil at the City Museum (which is filled with other awesome things as well). That seems like something worth a writer's pilgrimage.

Use your downtime wisely.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Upcoming Illustration Class with Dana Sullivan

Dana Sullivan is teaching a two-Saturday Illustrating Children’s Books class at Green River College, Auburn.
Two Saturday Sessions: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 13 & 20.
This crash course will include manuscript formatting, storyboards, making a book dummy and illustration techniques. Agents, editors and publishing also discussed. Great for any level of illustrator, from beginner to pro. Bring story ideas, one or two recent picture books you like, a sketch pad, kid’s watercolor set and a cheap paint brush.

See Dana’s work at Give him a shout with questions at

Friday, May 5, 2017

SCBWI WWA Boffo Season Ender May 10th!

Thrills! Chills! Maybe a few Spills! Can this really be the end of our amazing season? YES! And this is an evening NOT to be MISSED!

What’s the lineup?

Illustrator Videos! It’s Studio Confidential time for writer/illustrators Liz Wong and Toni Yuly as they demonstrate their secrets to creativity on the big screen. Following the video presentations, Liz and Toni will keep you riveted with a lively Q&A session.

Badass Heroines! Sara Wilson Etienne will lead a discussion and workshop on bringing a new generation of powerful, three-dimensional, female characters to life. From middle grade and young adult novels, movies and pop culture – swashbuckling pirates, creative inventors, and daring courtesans await!

The Western Washington Mentorship Program! Who are the mentors? How can YOU apply for the mentorship program? Who’s sailing this mentorship anyway? Find out Wednesday night! (you can also click here…)

Farewells and Welcomes! Speaking of badass women, there are some new sheriffs in town you need to meet and a few other changes in store for our vibrant, powerful chapter. Who’s leaving? Who’s arriving? All will be revealed at the meeting…

Under the Covers with Suzanne! Our lovely literary lioness, Secret Gardener Suzanne Perry, will do some book talk-talk-talkin’ and dish the latest about authors and illustrators from our region and around the world. Remember, you can always call Secret Garden and order books for Suzanne to bring to the meeting!

Live Music! Yes, it’s Band: Books, the all-SCBWI Western WA member band that can’t be stopped! Although their much-anticipated concert at the Spring Conference was shut down by The Man, they will take the stage immediately following the meeting so you can sing along to their hits “Rejection Blues,” “Picture Book Writer,” “Writer’s Block,” “Sweet Book of Mine” and more! Bring your instruments for a post-concert jam!

Call for Presenters
You want another great season in the fall? Then we need to hear from YOU! We’re looking for presenters for our 2017-2018 season and need YOU to submit your proposal! Even if you don’t want to present, send us what you would like to learn about. Click here for details and application. 

How Will You Survive The Summer?
Just because our official meetings will be taking a summer break, that doesn’t mean there won’t be kid lit happenings for you to enjoy! Stay in touch with the Chinook Update! Click the "Join our blog" button at the bottom of our homepage to get to the Chinook Update blog and you will get the lively and scintillating local, SCBWI-related news sent directly to your in box. 

We want to see you Wednesday night!
Dana Arnim and Dana Sullivan
Your Soon-To-Be-Ex-Co-Regional Advisors of SCBWI Western Washington

p.s. See you at Inside Story Tuesday night!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ben Clanton nominated for Eisner Award!

Congratulations are in order for our own Ben Clanton on his Eisner Award nomination for 
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea! 
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea! has been nominated in the Best Publication for Early Readers category. See all of the categories here. Professionals in the comics industry should vote by June 16th, and winners will be announced July 21st at (Where else?) Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Want to congratulate Ben in person? He'll be celebrating the release of the second book in the series, Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt, this Sunday at Secret Garden!

Congratulations, Ben!

Have good news? Let us know! We like to celebrate.

Call for Education Proposals for the 2017 PNBA Tradeshow

Call for Education Proposals 

For sessions to be offered at the 2017 PNBA Tradeshow
Sunday, October 8 *
Red Lion on the River, Portland, OR 

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association will offer educational programming on the opening day of its annual Tradeshow, this year to be held at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, OR. PNBA will produce a full day of sessions, Sunday, October 8, the day before the exhibit floor opens. 
Our Education Committee will review proposals for educational presentations aimed at retail booksellers, librarians, authors and small press publishers.
If you would like to facilitate an educational session for the 2017 show, please complete this Education Proposal form.

Sessions should be in a panel format with at least one bookseller participating as a panelist or moderator. PNBA may be able to assist in finding appropriate booksellers, authors, or other literary professionals willing to participate in your proposed session. Please include requests in your submissions.

The Education Committee traditionally prioritizes presentations for booksellers that offer direct advice and instruction that can be immediately and directly applied to the operations of their stores.

Sessions that include a variety of participants are especially attractive. Marketing and Promotion are popular themes. Sales pitch presentations that are perceived to promote just one business solution or service are discouraged.
PNBA is also soliciting proposals for education aimed at librarians, small press publishers, and authors. We request that all sessions promote an atmosphere of cooperation amongst literary entities. 
Applicants will be notified of the status of proposals by Friday, June 30. Committee members will contact presenters via email to schedule sessions and secure details for production of the show program, show signage, and classroom set-up.
Deadline for production materials is Friday, July 28.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Novel Retreat with Janet Lee Carey and Katherine Grace Bond

Full-Bodied Novel Summer Writing Retreat

Hoping to take your writing to another level? Join Janet Lee Carey and Katherine Grace Bond for the Second Annual Full-Bodied Novel Retreat, July 21-23. Explore the writer's mind-body connection in a peaceful, relaxing setting at St. Andrew's House on Hood Canal. Authors Katherine and Janet invite you to explore your characters, plot, and setting using physical prompts, group interaction, and private reflection. Learn the practice of Deep Characterization and enter your story in a way you never thought possible. Katherine and Janet will offer one-on-one consultation on your manuscript. A professional massage therapist will provide a relaxing massage (included in retreat cost).

Earlybird discount: Use the code MAY12 to get $105 off when you register by May 12th.
Find more information here

Monday, May 1, 2017

Inside Story on May 9th!

We invite writers, illustrators, booksellers, teachers and librarians to come and hear two or three minute presentations from local writers and illustrators on how their newest releases came to be, picture book through &A. There will be fun, prizes, book signings, and more with:

Sonja Anderson
Jessixa Bagley
Dori Hillestad Butler
Ben Clanton
Laura N. Clement
J. Anderson Coats
Kevin Emerson
Sundee T. Frazier
Corinna Luyken
Kate Harvey McGee
Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan
Margaret Read MacDonald
Laura McGee Kvasnosky
Mark Maciejewski
Curtis Manley
Jennifer K. Mann
Jessica Petersen
Randall Platt
Brianna Caplan Sayres
Debi Schmid
Suzanne Selfors
Breeana Shields
Trudi Trueit
Jing Jing Tsong
Wendy Wahman

Join us on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm at 
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE

Seattle, WA  98105

See you there!
Shop local, read local.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Announcing our Flagship 2017 SCBWI Western Washington Mentorship Program!

SCBWI WWA Mentorship Program

Do you have a completed manuscript that needs help with revision? If yes, then do not miss out on our new mentorship program. For a six-month period, writers will work one-on-one with a published author to analyze every aspect of their manuscript.

Eligibility: This program is open to SCBWI WWA members.

Tuition Cost: $650 covers six months of one-on-one work with a published author

Application materials:

Middle Grade/Young Adult: A one-page pitch or synopsis and 20 standard double-spaced manuscript pages of one completed, polished work.

Nonfiction: A bibliography plus either one full standard double-spaced manuscript of up to 1500 words you intend to work on or, if completed manuscript will be more than 1500 words, the first two chapters plus an overview and outline.

Picture Book: Up to three full standard double-spaced manuscripts of up to 1000 words or dummies.

Please mention which category you are applying to. Send your application materials as a Word or RTF document (or PDFs for dummies/illustrations). Applications should be sent to with Mentorship Application in the subject line. Applications will be accepted May 15- June 15.

Here is the tentative timeline:

May 15, 2017 – June 15, 2017 –  Application period
June 2017 – September 2017  – Applications review and selection
October 2017–  Mentees announced and mentorship begins.
May 2018 – Mentorship Reception

Categories and mentors:

Middle Grade
Kim Baker
Middle Grade
Dori Hillestad Butler
Young Adult
Kevin Emerson
Young Adult
Jeanne Ryan
Lisa Owens
Laurie Thompson
Picture Book
Peggy King Anderson
Picture Book
Lois Brandt

Meet the mentors:

Middle Grade:
Kim Baker’s debut middle grade novel, Pickle, was a Children's Choice Awards Book of the Year finalist, one of Mamiverse’s Top 50 Latino Children’s Books, and the recipient of an SCBWI Crystal Kite award. She is a former SCBWI Western Washington regional advisor and a longtime SCBWI lover. Kim has worked as a teacher and crisis counselor, but now makes up stories and teaches the occasional writing workshop from Seattle. She can often be found in the woods, despite a chronic fear of bears. Learn more at Hillestad Butler is an award-winning author of more than 50 books for young readers, including the Haunted Library series, the Buddy Files series, and the King & Kayla series. Her Buddy Files #1: Case of the Lost Boy won a 2011 Edgar Award and her books have appeared on numerous children's choice and teen award lists, including Washington's new Otter Award list. Dori would love to mentor an SCBWI WWA member who is interested in easy readers, chapter books, series books, mysteries, and/or MG/YA novels. See more at, on Facebook, or on Twitter at @DorihbutlerYoung Adult:
Kevin Emerson is the author of sixteen novels for children and young adults, most recently LAST DAY ON MARS, BREAKOUT, and the ATLANTEANS series. His books have been published in ten different countries, and you could say he’s big in the Czech Republic. Formerly a science teacher, Kevin has taught with Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program and Richard Hugo House. He has won a spelling bee, lost a beauty pageant, and once appeared in a Swedish TV commercial. Learn more at Ryan writes young-adult thrillers that could take place next week--but let's hope they don't! Her first novel NERVE, about an online game of truth or dare taken to dangerous extremes, was adapted for film by Lionsgate, spent six months on the NYT bestseller list, and has been published in twenty countries. Her second novel, CHARISMA, is about a cripplingly shy girl who accepts an underground gene therapy to transform herself from meh to magnetic, with unintended, and possibly lethal, consequences. You can find out more at

A former software engineer, Laurie Ann Thompson writes for young people to help them better understand the world we live in and make it a better place for all. She strives to write nonfiction that encourages imagination and fiction that reflects universal truths, as seen in Be a Changemaker, an inspiring how-to guide for teens; Emmanuel’s Dream, a picture book biography of a man who changed perceptions of disability; My Dog Is The Best; and the upcoming Two Truths And A Lie series for middle grade readers (co-authored with Ammi-Joan Paquette). Learn more at, and on Twitter at @lauriethompson.

Since 1998 Lisa L. Owens has authored nearly 100 books for young readers. About two-thirds of those are nonfiction, and among her most popular are Space Neighbors, a picture book series about the solar system; American Justice I & II, which examine the cultural impact of famous 20th-century trials; and Frenemies: Dealing with Friend Drama, a self-help book for teen girls. As a former reporter, Lisa loves chasing the facts and shaping them into high-interest narratives that cultivate further curiosity. And, as a veteran in-house and freelance editor of thousands of published works, she also enjoys helping other writers make their own stories shine.  See more at, on Twitter at @LisaLOwens, or Instagram at @llowriter.

Picture Book:
For 35 years, Peggy King Anderson has taught writers of all ages. She loves it!  She was awarded the SCBWI (W. WA) Lifetime Achievement award in 2012. She’s taught creative writing both in colleges, and in conferences ranging from SCBWI, to the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop in Chautauqua, New York. She has four published books, including THE FALL OF THE RED STAR (co-author, Helen Szablya), featured on Children's Book TV. Her MG historical fiction novel, TWO MOON JOURNEY, is due for publication in fall of 2018. She writes a monthly fiction series, TREE FROG TRAIL, for Pockets Magazine. Check out Peggy’s website at   

Years ago, Lois Brandt peeked into her best friend’s refrigerator and found empty shelves and one small carton of milk; her friend’s family didn’t have enough money to buy food. Maddi’s Fridge, Lois’ first picture book, is the result of that moment. Maddi’s Fridge has been universally praised by teachers, librarians, parents, and --most significantly -- young readers. It is the recipient of a 2014 Christopher Award and the International Literacy Association’s 2015 Book Award for Primary Fiction, among other honors. When she is not working on her own projects, Lois teaches writers of all ages, helping her students tell the stories they hold close to their hearts. Learn more at